Congressman Steve King caused rage at the wide public when he made an outrageous remark that dog fighting should be legal and that no person should be brought to justice for organizing these types of fights. According to that statement he made back in 2012, there is no criminal in watching poor dogs bite each other while people cheer.
His opinion on the matter was publicly spoken after the Farm Bill established misdemeanor penalties for anyone who attends an organized animal fight, and felony penalties for anyone who brings a minor to an animal fight. King defended his thinking saying it would be wrong to consider dog fighting a criminal when it’s not a crime to watch humans fight.
Below is the video of his speech regarding the matter.
“When the legislation that passed in the farm bill that says that it’s a federal crime to watch animals fight or to induce someone else to watch an animal fight but it’s not a federal crime to induce somebody to watch people fighting, there’s something wrong with the priorities of people that think like that,” King said at the time.
After he realized the whole nation got really angry over his words, he released another video where he tried to clarify his initial statement.
“What I’ve said is that we need to respect humans more than we do animals. Whenever we start elevating animals up to above that of humans, we’ve crossed a moral line. For example, if there’s a sexual predator out there who has impregnated a young girl, say, a 13-year-old girl — and that happens more times in America than you and I would like to think — that sexual predator could pick that girl up off the playground at the middle school, and haul her across the state line and force her to get an abortion to eradicate the evidence of his crime, and bring her back and drop her off at the swing set, and that’s not against the law in the United States.”
If we accept dog fighting as something normal only because people do it, than there is definitely something wrong with the way we think.